Ever since I purchased my iPad last October following the ACTEM conference in Maine, I’ve dreamed of sharing a presentation with it and using a remote control to advance the slides. Last April at the Iowa 1:1 Schools conference, I presented a session on Open Educational Resources (OER) using my iPad and the Keynote app, but since a remote control solution was not available I was “tethered” to my iPad connected to the projector. I’ve recently discovered the iPad app “2Screens – Presentation Expert” and its companion iPhone/iPod Touch app “2Screens Remote,” and as a result think next week in Holland, Michigan, my remotely controlled iPad presentation dream might come true!
Neither app is free, but the costs are modest. You can load / transfer a PowerPoint by either syncing with iTunes, or by providing a web URL and saving it directly with the iPad app’s built-in browser. I used the PPT download link for a public Google Presentation to load it into the app’s “home directory” directly from the web.
This is a screenshot of my iPhone when it was remotely controlling the presentation, via a Bluetooth connection.
I’m delighted to have found these apps and verified they can work for remotely controlling iPad presentations! The one other ingredient I haven’t mentioned, which is essential, is a $30 iPad dock VGA connector.
Does this mean I’ll travel to Holland next week sans laptop, with just my iPad and iPhone in hand? I don’t think so. I likely will try a remotely controlled iPad presentation, however! I’ll let you know how it goes afterwards!
Have you found or used any other apps or hardware solutions which permit remote controlled iPad presentations?
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